FERRY staff have secured a five-year inflation proof pay deal.
Wightlink Ferries has thrashed out an agreement with the RMT and Nautilus unions which will give up to 600 staff above inflation increases.
The company employs 400 permanent staff, rising to 600 in the summer.
Chief executive, Russell Kew, says: ‘Our staff have highly responsible jobs, making sure that our customers and ships are safe, and that we operate a reliable and punctual service to and from the Isle of Wight. It is right that we should reflect their work and give them the security of a long term pay agreement. We will continue our constructive dialogue with the unions in the months and years ahead.’
And RMT Wessex regional organiser Mick Tosh said he was pleased to have reached an agreement, adding: ‘I believe it appropriately values the considerable contribution our members make to the running of the services Wightlink provide and demonstrates the benefit of continuing dialogue between the RMT and Wightlink.’